So I made it home safely, tired, but safely. I had enough time in the Newark & during the jaunt to D.C. to finish my G-Rocks. This accomplishment led to some interesting knitting activities. There's nothing like knitting lace at an airport bar. To add to the interest, plied baby camel is like knitting with 4 separate pieces of sewing thread. I think the bartender was impressed, but not enough to float me a beer.
My Philly update will not be as impressive as Ava's. My memory is drifting away, lack of proper sleep will do that to a girl. Before we boarded the train, we stopped at Kraemer's for some Tatamy Tweed Worsted. I've swatched, washed & believe that US 6 will do me fine for the Half Dollar. Fingers crossed, please.
After a quick stop at Starbucks (why do people let their large dogs walk around parking lots & then into the shop?), we went to the train station. Since we just missed a train, we decided to enjoy a couple beers, NASCAR and people-watching. I don't think the bar saw many women walk through the door. Men actually offered their stools. How sweet.
The night before, I stayed awake & practiced walking through a turnstile. Push. Push. No, don't pull! Philly's transportation got the new & improved Lola! We hit Rosie's Yarn Cellar first and grabbed more Noro, Folk Shawls & a set of the breast cancer Denise needles. I'm sure that someone got more cashmere, but I can't remember. It's a really good guess as it remained a hot commodity in Philly. From there, we grabbed a delicious lunch at Ten Stone to fuel up for Loop.
Loop was our favorite yarn store in the 2007 Yarn Extravaganza (however, I love my purchases from School Products the most). The store was well lit, large enough to walk around and had a nice staff that didn't make you feel like you were a bother. We also saw an electronic ball winder that we're both coveting. Ava grabbed some Lorna's Lace, Blue Sky Dyed Cotton & more cashmere. I was almost tempted by the shrug/cardigan in the window, but I was being realistic. I had just bought enough sock yarn, yak, camel and cotton to knit sweaters for the entire Jolie-Pitt clan, plus the others that will surely follow. Take me, Angie. Take me.
One more stop at Lush and we were back on the train home. B & V came with us to Philly, & kept us in line. No eyes were rolled. Not a lot of vulgar language. No dancing on the corners. But they did leave us at Urban Outfitters, and the picture below was snapped. Who sells a hat like this? I guess the question should be, who buys a hat like this? I'm not passing judgment, promise, but you could make it for 1/2 the price!
To be honest, we were slap-happy. We were also really annoyed with cell phones. Just because you can have an entire conversation about your evening, doesn't mean you should! Go outside! I don't want to hear that Danny can't handle his liquor. I'm sorry that Molly has crabs, but I don't want or need to hear it. I don't think he was amused by the hat.
Somewhere along the route, we ran into this little fellow. Thanks to the girls for a heads-up. The Hubbys were happy. Probably even proud.
So that's the big 2007 Yarn Extravaganza! Next time we hope to drop in on some knitbloggers. We did run into some (a little Googling led us to them. we're not proud), but we don't have kind things to say. And we gave up being mean for Lent. Not really, but it sounds nice. We had a fantastic time in both NYC & Philly. That's not really fair. We always seem to have fun when we're together. Whether it's large cities, a 16-hour car ride with a 5 month-old, or a pond full of goose shit. But that's how sisters roll...